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True Blue: First Aid Training

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The job description for Michigan State Troopers extends far beyond the responsibility to serve and protect, but also to know first aid and emergency responding.

When State Troopers come knocking to answer a call for help, they are taught to be many things all at once: officers, investigators, medics, counselors.

 

The roles are taught through hours of training scenarios, inside a small house on the MSP campus. In one scenrio, the instructor plays the role of a woman who has been cut and needs first aid. The recruits are trained first to check out the scene-to make sure it's safe.

"When we first walked in, my partner went directly to the patient. I chose to move around a little bit, look through rooms see if there was anything happening in the other rooms if there was anything else there," said Trooper Recruit Anthony Easlick.

And once it is, they are expected to be polite, firm, quick and effective. But that's easier said than done sometimes.

The recruits are taught to ignore any distractions and get as much information from the victim as possible. They are quizzed about the charges that may arise when the suspect is caught, all while keeping their focus.

"When you're thrown into it for the first time, all you start thinking about are, 'what are the acronyms I'm supposed to remember for medical questions I have to pass on?' [Your mind is] going pretty quick, trying to bring everything back so you perform correctly," said Recruit Easlick.

The recruits run through more scenarios on each other. Some of these recruits including Recruit Easlick, have military experience, having just returned from wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Some of them already know applying the right kind of tourniquet may be the difference between saving a leg and losing it.

They are watched, judged and graded. When it's done, they are ready to save life and limb as a Michigan State Police Trooper.

Wednesday on True Blue: Greg Adaline will dive into being able to swim and perform rescues on the water.

For more information on the trooper recruit school, including how to apply, visit the Seen on 6 Section of our website.

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